Friday, November 11, 2016

Product Empties Fall 2016


Happy Friday! Is it me, or has this been the weirdest week? I don't think I would be 100% sure of what day it was if I hadn't scheduled this post in somewhat advance. Of my favorite post to read is always product empties, and I realized earlier this week that I haven't done one in about (two-ish?) years so it was about time to share an update of what I've tried and tested lately.



DevaCurl Deva towel // This was gifted to me when I first had my extensions put in and y'all, I'm not sure how I've lived so long without it. It's essentially a microfiber towel made for drying out your hair after a wash and it's literally the perfect size. I've found since I started using it regularly to towel dry my hair, I've had a significantly less amount of frizz than what I was used to after using a normal towel. One of my favorite features about it too is it comes with a tab to hang it after you're done using it, meaning no weird kinks in the fabric from normal bathroom hooks!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm // I picked this up over the summer on sale and I have to be honest, I didn't even get through the whole tube because I just really didn't like it. I really hope I was just using it wrong, because it was literally the most sheer BB cream I had ever tired. I think it would work well on your body if you were looking for a little shimmer, but I would strongly advise against trying it on your face. 


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner // 10/10 will definitely be a repurchase. I tend to exclusively use liquid liners, and this was definitely one of the best I've seen on the market. Right now I'm using the Kat Von Dee Liquid Eyeliner, but will definitely be picking this one up after that one dries out. They both are very easy to apply and don't budge once they're on.

Lancome CLS Booster XL Lash Primer // Another 10/10, I picked this up as a sample at Sephora a few months back and bought the full size a week later. I've been flirting with the idea of eyelash extensions for a while, and when I found this it seemed like a great alternative without all of the hassle that seems to come with that experience. I don't usually go for high-end mascara, but this one is definitely a must-have in my makeup bag. 


 Dove Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo // A while back, my friend at Seersucker Sass recommended the Dove Dry Shampoo and since then it's been my everyday go-to! Recently they came out with a few variations on the original and I had to pick up the Detox & Purify formula. While I definitely loved it, I'm currently working through the Volume & Fullness formula and I think I prefer that. While the Detox style definitely worked well as a dry shampoo, my hair some how feels a lot lighter with the Volume formula. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Fresh // Another go-to if I need a dry shampoo in a pinch. Usually, I'll buy the Dove version over Batiste because it's A cheaper and B last longer, but I know I can always walk into a TJ Maxx anywhere and it will be on the shelf whereas Target tends to sell out of the Dove Dry Shampoo. Final verdict - works well, but not my first choice. 

Drybar "Detox" Dry Shampoo // I picked up Drybar's travel kit a few months ago for a trip up to Michigan and it came with a sample size of their dry shampoo. I'm going to be honest here, I use a lot of dry shampoo and I was pleasantly surprised that the baby bottle went a lot further than I was expecting. I have to say out of all the dry shampoo I've used over the years, I think this one is my all time favorite. My only complaint with it is it's really expensive for dry shampoo, and I can't justify spending so much on something I'm constantly having to repurchase every two weeks or so. All in all, 10/10 but really pricy. Maybe Santa will send me a bottle this year? 

Dove Dry Spray Antipersperant // The other day I had a conversation with one of my best friends (who also happened to have worked for Disney) about how working at Disney gives you the habit of needing to reapply deodorant multiple times a day. I'm going to apologize in advance guys, I'm realizing how TMI this is. It's not that you necessarily need to reapply, but you can't stand not having the clean feeling of after you reapply - I'm betting it stemmed from the whole working outside in central Florida thing though. 
Anyways, I stumbled upon dry spray deodorant a while back and ever since I can't go back to any other form. The Dove formula's especially have such a light feeling that leaves me feeling clean all day long, but also do a great job at masking anything post 8-hour shift or multi-mile run. I've tried a few of the different scents now, including the cool cucumber (was not a fan of the scent purely because it reminded me of circa 2000 Bath and Body Works), soothing chamomile (which is amazing, and I've already repurchased a few times), and the beauty finish (my personal favorite).

Have you used any of these products? What were your thoughts? Let me know!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Last Minute Halloween Costumes (Link-up!)


Happy Friday, witches! Can y'all believe we are only THREE days away from Halloween? In the spirit of the season I am so excited to be bringing three last minute Halloween costumes you can pull from your own closet and/or freezer. This post is also part of a linkup I'm proud to be co-hosting today with Merisa from Monogrammed Magnolias all about last minute costume ideas for this Halloweekend! You can head over to her blog here and join in on the party down below -


                                                                                                                                                                                

Boo - Monster's Inc


In all seriousness I think this will be my costume this year. This weekend I am down in Orlando helping a friend move and tonight we're doing a bar crawl in downtown Orlando and I mean who doesn't secretly want to wear PJ's out on a Friday night? All you have to do for this look is grab a pink shirt, purple leggings, and white sneakers and you're good to go. I think the schrunchies were my favorite part about this look though, the 00's are back baby!



Taylor Swift - Shake it Off

Black shirt, black pants, black shoes, all black everything and a red lip! This one is probably a bit easier to find in your closet than purple pants and it's so quick and easy to do. I've definitely worn similar looks out before and makeup is super quick and easy! One thing I will say about this is I had the hardest time trying to curl my bang how it's shown in the video, but hey straight hair is close enough.


Eleven - Stranger Things

This look was definitely my favorite as I totally got into the Stranger Things hype the week it came out. It's super simple to put together with a white collared shirt, pink dress, and navy jacket. The grungier or more distressed the better, some varsity socks and white sneakers. I took the red lip from my last look to make the "blood" as was good to go in under ten minutes. The only thing surprisingly missing from this look originally was the eggos, but $2 for a costume is totally okay with me!
Side note, it was so hard to keep a straight face shooting this look! I had such a love/hate relationship with Eleven on the show, she's so cool but completely terrifying.

What are you going for this Halloween? If you're looking for last minute ideas or want to join the fun you can see more (and link up!) down below -

Friday, October 14, 2016

Running Hacks for Beginners

Happy Fri-YAY, y'all! Has this just been the craziest week ever or is it just me? I definitely planned to have this post up earlier in the week, but then you know we had a hurricane and news on top of our news and some how today is Friday. Anyways, with all that being said I am so excited to be sharing my experiences and some of my running hacks today that made getting into running 20 times easier! However please take my hacks as they come from my experience so they may vary, and of course please consult your doctor prior to exercising if you have questions or concerns - your health comes first. Without further ado, lets get right in. 

And if you have any tips to add - please leave them in the comments below! :)

Make a goal // Set a goal - y'all know I am all about some goal planning! The best way to start a new habit is to set your intentions and stick to them. Do you want to participate in a race? Be able to reach a certain milestone? For me, I went from sitting on a couch to signing up for a half marathon mostly because I really wanted to go back to Disney World. When you set a goal for running I highly recommend signing up for a 5k to start with, they're very casual events (with a lot of walkers depending on your mood that day) plus nine times out of ten you'll at least walk away with a tee shirt and free breakfast. 

Have a great playlist // Seriously guys this helps so much! When you have a great playlist it'll wake you up and make you more energized during your run. My taste seem to change just about every day but lately it's been a lot of Chainsmokers, Hamilton, and Disney music. I will say though if you're looking for a great playlist to run to this soul cycle playlist from Hallie at Corals & Cognacs is my all time favorite! (I've got it set up down below for you to listen) I am so wanting to take a trip to Chicago just so I can participate in one of her classes, from her snaps they always seem amazing.


Find an app that works for you // With my goal in mind, I started looking for apps that would (A) teach me how to run a half marathon and (B) record my runs because you know, when you see you ran X amount of miles that given day or time it's pretty darn cool! After doing some research, I decided to start the couch to 5k program which takes you from quite literally sitting on the couch to running a 5k. Let me tell you guys, it whipped me into shape before I knew what was happening. I would highly recommend giving it a try if you're serious about getting into running more often given its a nine week program. 

While I purchased the bundle they offered to get you from couch to half marathon, there are a lot of decent dupes and print outs out there you can find for free. Some other great apps out there to help track your runs and your progress include MapMyRun, Runkeeper, and Nike Run Club.

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Alternate running and walking // This little tip is a big one I learned from Couch to 5k and that's to take breaks between running and walking. Start out small and work your way up, run for thirty seconds then walk for a minute and a half. Before you know it you'll go from struggling in those thirty seconds to being able to run a straight mile. Because running is such an intense cardio workout, you need to make a point to know your body and know your limits - and when you can and can't push them. Don't rush and don't worry if you can't run a continuous mile that first week - it's a marathon, not a sprint.


Invest in active wear // While I'm a sucker for all kinds of active wear, if you're just trying to get into being more active you really only need to invest in two key pieces for your runs - sports bras and shoes. You heard me ladies, you can skimp on just about anything else but without these two you can't set yourself up for success. Good quality athletic sneakers not only help with your stride, but a proper fit and good support can help you avoid injuries and enjoy your runs. Sports bras are self explanatory regardless of your size, some days you just need some max support ladies! I've linked my favorite picks below for you to shop -
Hydrate // If you've ever wondered what role water has in your body's day-to-day functions you should google it right now because it's downright amazing. Keeping yourself hydrated has a million benefits, one of which helping your body to perform and regulate during workouts. You can read more about that here, and having apps to monitor what your taking in can be a big help in understanding what your body needs. 

Find your #fitspiration // Last but not the least, having a good influence and surrounding yourself with others achieving similar goals can have a huge impact on how you choose to treat your body and exercise. My BFF's and I routinely work out together and having them there not only encourages me to get out and run, but makes me more accountable to days when I'm cheating myself. Instagram and Snapchat are also great for this, and I love seeing a community of women get out there  and make an effort to improve their lifestyle through exercise. Pinterest is also a great resource if you're ever needing fitspiration to get out and go. And lets be real here for a minute y'all, if I can get up and do it trust me you can too - it's starts with one step!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Varsity Vibes

I may or may not be listening to the High School Musical soundtrack while writing this post. 

Jacket (similar) // Dress (similar) // Shoes // Watch // Bangles // Fitbit
Today I am beyond excited to share with y'all this quick back to school look! With fall fast approaching the temps here in North Carolina have been somewhere between shorts and a tank top and a light sweater. While during the day time it's usually way too warm to be wearing the jacket, but I find having something to throw over when I'm indoors is perfect as I'm just about always freezing.

It was seriously so much fun shooting this look. If you follow along on Snapchat (@pickyourbeau) you might remember I went back to my old high school with my best friend of ten years for these photos, talk about a serious blast from the past! There's a whole new parking lot, and new stadium signs, but other than that walking through the stadium definitely felt like yesterday (it's only been four years, that's not that long right?).

I picked up this dress just before my birthday and it's just an easy thing to throw on and go, and I'm hoping it'll come in as super versatile this fall with some boots and a cozy cardigan! I unfortunately wasn't able to find the exact dress, but I found a similar style with the same brand so that you can recreate the look. This jean jacket has been a big staple in my closet lately and I think I'll be able to use it year round. 

I am so excited to finally be in the fall season, I've already got a busy month planned ahead with two trips and lots of fun content planned! What are you looking forward to this season? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

2016 Planners & 3 Tips for Achieving Your Goals


Happy Tuesday! Long time no chat. The past few weeks have been absolutely crazy and completely unexpected/unplanned. As much as you think you can plan and prepare for the unexpected I've learned recently just how much (or little) to say the least that you can. For starters the move to Charlotte is officially off and at least for the time being, I will be staying in my home town. But that's another story.

With the spirit of the new school year quickly approaching, today I wanted to share with you my planner picks for this year as well as my top tips for achieving your goals. If you've been following along for a while you might remember last year I had the Day Designer by Whitney English and Blue Sky. They've collaborated again this year (and are gorgeous, might I add) and you can pick it up at Target for under $20. This time around I treated myself to the classic Day Designer by Whitney English and while I definitely spent more on it (#guilty) but let me just say a week into using it I would gladly pay double. While I was a big fan of the Blue Sky collaboration, I live out of my planner and truly needed the entire page for my daily to-dos!

I'm also a big fan of the Lilly Pulitzer agenda collection (I've burned through two now), as well as the designs Band.o has released this year and I've linked a few of my favorites to shop through below.


If you asked me what the biggest thing I learned in school was I would 100% have to say it was not financial accounting, but how to set goals and execute them efficiently and effectively.

S.M.A.R.T Goals // I know I've mentioned these before somewhere, but this is critical to effective goal setting. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time sensitive. When setting a goal out for myself I always ask these questions:

Is my goal specific or general? Do I want to go to the gym three times a week and focus on a healthier diet including fruits and vegetables? Or do I want to be more active and try to eat better? It's important to set a specific standard for a clear expectation of what you are trying to achieve.

Is my goal measurable? I tend to base this a lot on progress and how I can understand the value of where I am at in my goal. The easiest example of this would be losing weight, have you lost five pounds or have you lost ten pounds? In this example the goal of losing weight would be measured by how many pounds you've made towards achieving your goal.

Is my goal attainable? Can I actually achieve this goal? Of course a goal is a goal, not a a mere normality or expectation but when setting a goal it's important to stop and think about if you should really invest your time and energy into a goal if that goal is unattainable.

Is my goal realistic? For me, this relates back to attainability. Am I really going to become a mermaid one day? Of course not (though it is definitely wishful thinking!) and so it makes no sense to set a goal of becoming a mermaid and waste my time on something completely unrealistic.

Is my goal time sensitive? When do I hope to accomplish this goal? Do I want to be done in one day, one month, or one year? The time frame is totally up to the goal you set out for yourself and the expectation you are holding yourself to with that goal in mind.

Write down and visualize your goals your goals // Has anyone seen the new Post-it commercial where the girl jumps up and places a post it saying she'll jump even higher tomorrow? It's well known that when you write down your goals you're more likely to achieve them because you're able to visualize and commit. There are tons of ways to do this between a post-it, notes on your phone, or my favorite by keeping my goals tightly bound in my planner.

Prioritize your goals // Needs versus wants. Needs versus wants. I always try to keep this as a mantra when planning out my goals for the week. What do I need to do and what do I want to do? From there I make a point to promise myself not to do the things I want to do until I have already completed the things I need to do. This way I'm not wasting time on task that aren't mandatory and missing big deadlines.

Last but not least, it's up to you to make it happen - so get out there and get goal setting! If you have any tips and/or planner recommendations for this year please let me know in the comments below. Have a great day y'all!

Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Necessities for Long and Strong Hair

Happy Friday! Today on the blog I am so excited to be sharing a collaboration with Kenra Professional all about the five things you absolutely NEED to get long & strong hair! Literally since I was seven years old I have struggled to get my hair to grow out and it seemed to always stop right at about my collar bone no matter what I did. Like it would just stop (please tell me I'm not the only one this happened to). I tried just about everything on Pinterest before I finally figured out the best thing you could do for your hair - stop washing it.

I know, I know it sounds gross and crazy and why would you ever not want to wash your hair. Seriously try it though, you're going to be amazed. 

By stop washing it, I mean stop washing it daily. Without bringing too much science into it, your hair naturally produces healthy oils and when you're washing out those oils every day it causes your hair to become weak and brittle. By washing it every few days you're allowing the oils to nourish your hair aka healthy hair = long and strong hair! I do however realize how gross day two and three hair can be however - and these five necessities will make sure you have that healthy hair before you know it.
  1. Dry Shampoo // Hands down number one thing on this list. I couldn't imagine trying to go a few days without washes not using dry shampoo. Some of my favorites include Dove and Baptiste, let me know if you have a go-to I should give a try!
  2. Shower Cap // There is something to be said for a good shower cap. Prior to getting serious about not washing every day I never gave any thought to investing in a shower cap. Now I can't imagine my life (or my shower) without one. I would check your local TJ Maxx or Target for a more affordable option if you're a first time shower cap user - you can find decent quality at a great price. I recently picked up a terry cloth version from Drybar and am super excited to use it.
  3. Pinch-less hair ties // You know those trendy hair ties without the actual elastic in them? That's what I mean. While I don't find them to be super practical with my hair when I'm trying to actually wear it, these are a major key for me when I'm throwing my hair up running errands or washing my face at night. The strain of an overly tight elastic can not only hurt you with that pinching feeling we all girls know too well, but it can cause serious damage to your hair causing it to break. 
  4. Wet Brush // Back to that key word - damage. Do you ever just look at your hair brush and wonder how that much hair came off of you and onto your brush? I used to be constantly at this point and still sometimes am shocked by just how much hair you loose naturally every day. Ever since I switched over from a paddle brush to a wet brush my hair has been significantly stronger and fuller. While it's designed to be used for wet hair (i.e. detangling when you get out of the shower) I use it daily and swear by it. I was always weary when people recommended it to me, I mean how much can a brush make a difference? Trust me y'all - it's worth the hype. 
  5. Kendra Platinum Revive System //  I was so excited at the chance to review this line as I was already a huge fan of the Kenra Blow Dry Spray (it literally dries your hair in half the time = less damage!) I've been using this system for about two months now and my hair has never been stronger. Impressed would be an understatement. It's a five piece system consisting of a shampoo, conditioner, oil, strengthening treatment, and leave in fortifier. I tend to wash my hair twice a week, once using just shampoo, then using the shampoo and conditioner - typically using the treatment once a month on a paper day. I've also found using the leave in fortifier helps to detangle any knots in my hair on days where I only shampoo, and the oil is perfect for any split ends I come across. 
You can find the Kenra system here as well as on their social media outlets: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Have you tried the Kenra Revive system? Anything I should add to my list? Let me know!


*Thank you to Kenra Professional for sponsoring this post through Brandbacker. I received samples for my review, yet any opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Pool Floats


Happy Friday! Today I am excited to be sharing some of my favorite pool floats out this year. Though I haven't been able to make it to the pool much yet, I am definitely planning on it once life settles down - brb dreaming of floating around on the pizza float preferably with an actual piece of pizza.

Which one is your favorite? I'm also eying the swan and I'm pretty sure it's giving me #instenvy given that Taylor Swift has it and all - have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Gift Guide // For the Graduate

Happy Wednesday! Though college graduation season is just about over, high school graduation is right around the corner. Looking back graduation was one of my favorite memories of high school and it stood almost as a turning point for all the amazing things to come the following years. I'm now a college graduate, I have an amazing group of family and friends, I am still crazy about my middle school sweetheart, and just like that I'm making a big move and starting a new job this come August - but more about that later.
I know personally I have two graduation parties this weekend and I had the best time picking out presents for each one of the girls. That in mind I wanted to share what some of my favorites for any budget. 
Which one is your favorite? I personally have the top pair of Kendra Scott earrings so you could say I'm a little biased. Have a great weekend! 

Best,

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where I've Been (Lately 5/18)

Hi friends! Long time no chat. Let me tell you it's so nice to sit down and actually write a post out. The past two months have been absolutely incredibly insane. So here's what's been going on.
I didn't sleep // Literally, the past two months I've maybe slept 5 out of 7 nights a week. This past semester has quite literally been the hardest semester of my academic career. Any time I wasn't spending studying I was working, and between that I was trying to get anything close to some sort of sleep.

I'm planning a big move // Nothing is set in stone so it's still very hush hush, but big things are on the way for this fall!
I had a family emergency // Like I said, it's been one of the hardest times I've had in a while. Being said, I've learned so much about myself and those around me the past few months.
I bought a car // Yes! I did a VERY adult thing this past month and bought myself a new car. It's been in the works since I moved back to North Carolina, and I decided on a Toyota Rav 4. So far I've had it about three weeks and I'm absolutely smitten with it!
I graduated from college // It's been a long time coming! Though I will still be taking summer courses, I walked in my school's ceremony almost two weeks ago and it is still very unreal that it happened. It's like I remember standing in the stadium in a sea of purple but I'm still pretty sure I'm not an adult and I have no idea what to expect out of this post-grad life. Any other recent grads feel the same? Let me know!
I got a FitBit // I have been wanting a new one for a while as my Jawbone wouldn't work half of the time. My boyfriend bought me one for graduation and it came this past Friday so I'm still playing around with it. I got the Alta which came out in March, and seems to be a skinny version of the surge.

Short in sweet that's been life lately. Can't wait to be seeing more of y'all soon!

Best,

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brighten Up! (iPhone Cases for Spring)

Happy hump day y'all! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start - here I am just studying/working/trying to get to this holiday weekend! (Also casually, quickly, giving the blog a bit of a facelift at 4 in the morning - definitely a work in progress.) With spring temps in mind, fingers crossed for some consistent weather soon, today on the blog I wanted to share with you some of the bright and bubbly iPhone cases perfect to spice up any spring look -

I tend to go a little overboard with my phone cases incase you can't tell, and that wood finish/turquoise one is really calling my name. Which one is your favorite? How do you like PYB's new look? Let me know!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easy Denim Dresses #springflinglinkup2016

Dress (similar) // Shoes (similar) // Bag (similar) // Earrings // Watch (similar)

If you're linking up with us today (and I sure hope you are!) you can do so by entering through the link below.
Happy Sunday y'all! Can you believe today is the first official day of Spring? I'm still reeling over the 34 degree temps I saw on my recent trip to Michigan (not to mention the a high in the 40s today). Today I am very excited to be co-hosting the second annual Spring Fling Linkup with my friend Seersucker Sass! It was an absolute blast to put together last year and I can't wait to see what y'all submit this time around!

Today I am sharing this darling denim dress I picked up recently at my local TJ Maxx. While I can't find the exact dress, I've linked multiple options for y'all to scroll through in the widget above if you're interested in recreating this look. I can tell you right now I think this dress is going to be a spring/summer staple for me, it's so incredibly cozy (and it has pockets = score!) 

Happy first day of spring y'all!
Best,

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

12 Things To Do At Walt Disney World

Happy Tuesday! Literally this time next week I will be home y'all - I am counting down the days before I leave for Disney. If you've been following Pick Your Beau for a while now you probably know that last year I did an internship with Disney and left this past January. A lot has changed since then and between my 18 credit hours and practically full time job I have been itching to get back to being able to play in the parks all day and visit Cava De Tequila anytime I wanted. 

This past week I've been thinking a lot about how much I loved my time there working for the company, and realized I never actually shared what I loved so much about it. That being said, today I wanted to share with you the 12 tips and tricks you must absolutely do next time you visit Walt Disney World from an old cast member:
Ride both the Monorail and the Ferryboat // Y'all I had to put this one first. Long story short Magic Kingdom was actually designed that you (as a guest) have to park off site and then take one of their three modes of transportation to the park. I highly, highly, highly recommend taking both the monorail and ferryboat on your way in and out of Magic Kingdom. They both share a very near and dear place in my heart. They're both about a six minute ride (so believe it or not the monorail is truly not that much faster), you'll be able to take some amazing family photos from the ferryboat and won't be able to stop looking out the window in the monorail. 

Drink Around the World (21+) // Drinking around the world is a time honored tradition at Epcot where you with your friends have a drink in each one of the 11 countries. I will let you know ahead of time that (A) it's a lot so please be careful and (B) at about $10-$15 a drink it gets expensive very quickly. I did this on my 21st birthday and have been itching to do another, it was such a blast going through the showcase! Bonus points if you hit Cava De Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion, and order a"Tornado" in the Morocco Pavilion. It's not on the menu but trust me, they'll know exactly what you're talking about. 

People usually recommend you start on the Canada side rather than the Mexico side, but I started in Mexico (liquor before beer, in the clear) and skipped every other country, then went back later in the day to finish. This (plus a LOT) of water really helped make it all the way! I've also heard from the Boardwalk area (near France) is a great place to start. 

Take Photos in Front of the Castle // I truly believe you can't not walk into Magic Kingdom and take at least one photo of the castle. Cinderella's Castle is my favorite out of all of them (also Paris's castle is absolutely stunning) and it makes the perfect scenic backdrop. Just remember to leave your selfie stick in the car as you won't be allowed in with it!

See the Carousel of Progress // I've found guest either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it. I'm on the love side, and if you ask any cast member they'll tell you it was the only attraction Walt had actually touched throughout the park. 

Ride the Mountain Range // This is a extremely fun Disney challenge, just make sure you're giving yourself enough time/planning your fast passes well enough to do everything if you're visiting during the busy season (March - September). Essentially you ride all three of the "mountains" the same day: Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain in Frontierland. Bonus points if you're able to ride Seven Dwarves (if you can get a fastpass, get it! Usual wait is about 90+ minutes).

Explore Kilimanjaro Safari // Though you would never guess it, Disney's Animal Kingdom is actually it's largest park purely because of how large the safari is. If you look at a map it's seriously a third of the park, it's incredible. It's a real safari type attraction and it should be the first thing you should do when you go to Animal Kingdom. The trick to it though is always go in the morning, as that's when the animals are active and you'll be able to see a lot more - ideal time being before 11. I think this was actually my mom's favorite thing we did both times she came to visit me, just be careful with any loose items if you're sitting near the edges of the trucks - I couldn't tell you how many people I saw drop their phones!


Have a Meal on the Hub Grass // My go to was always a turkey leg or chicken nuggets. Disney food for the most part is actually really good food when it comes to park food, whether you're doing a quick service or a sit down. I used to get lunch and go sit on the hub all the time to people watch before work, and it's a great place to take a little breather and soak it all in.

Watch Wishes // Illuminations is great, don't get me wrong, but Wishes will make you feel all sorts of things. Wishes is Magic Kingdom's signature firework show (they do it every night, times will vary depending on the season) and it features many of the classic character's you've grown to love through the years. At work I used to watch it every night and I know the entire show by heart, I'll literally act it out for you if you ask, and it's kind of hilarious. One of my roommates during the program used to work Fantasmic, and she did the same thing. I literally have never seen the show (I know, shame on me), but I feel like I know the whole thing through her.

Take a tour of the Haunted Mansion // They recently upgraded the queue for the mansion and it's seriously pretty cool. It's one of my favorite rides purely because of the history and stories the mansion has to tell (again, ask a cast member it's amazing how much we know). Another one of my roommates used to be one of the "maids" there during my program and it was always such a blast to ride it with her because she could point out the amazing attention to detail you would have never guessed. You know the scene in the attic with the bride? Take a look at the portraits in that room next time, it takes you through her entire life's story.

Eat anything and everything shaped like Mickey // Self explanatory and delicious. My personal favorite are Mickey Waffles, especially if you can get it at Trail's End (Fort Wilderness Campgrounds).

Go Resort Hopping // Bonus points if you're doing a crawl or it's the Holiday season. Some of the hidden treasures are found in Disney's resorts and it's a great way to spend an afternoon just seeing the property. I was stationed out of Magic Kingdom so I had the most interaction with their five resorts, but I'm also a huge fan of the resorts along the Boardwalk near Epcot.

Wear Your Ears // And of course I had to save the best for last. You cannot take a trip to Disney without picking up a new pair of ears to wear! I love picking up pairs from Etsy especially, and I think I might just cave and get the silver sequined pair during my trip next week.

Have you been to Disney World? What do you think I should do next week? Also, if you're planning a trip or have any general questions about Disney World (seriously, I could plan you perfect vacation), Magic Kingdom in particular, please contact me and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Have a good one y'all!
Best,

Friday, February 26, 2016

In vs. Out // February

Happy Friday! I feel like it's just me but this week literally flew by after Tuesday (probably having something to do with the three test I had on Tuesday and the 14 hours of sleep I had that night). This weekend I will be somewhere between a quick trip home, wrapping up the month at work, and doing everything due before spring break. I just have to keep reminding myself in about a week I will be back at the happiest place on Earth (insert princess emoji here). Today I'm keeping things light and am super excited to be linking up with Allison from Because I Said So for her monthly In vs. Out Linkup. Without further ado lets jump in:


IN
Returning home (aka Cinderella's Castle obvs) super soon!
Swim suits for spring break (especially this one)
An upcoming trip to Michigan - if you're from the Lansing area please send recommendations for places to check out you would be literally the best
70 plus temps
Spring and summer sandals
Finally learned how to use Hootsuite and it's awesome

OUT
Drinking way too much coffee to make up for my lack of sleep
Spring semester - is it graduation yet?
The on again off again under 50 degree temps

Are you participating in this weeks linkup? Let me know!
Best,

Monday, February 22, 2016

5 Spring Essentials (& Linkup Announcement!)

Happy Monday! Currently about to grab coffee number two if that's any indication of how the next 48 hours will be (I forgot how scary three test in one day was - is it time to graduate yet?) Today on the blog I wanted to share my five "must haves" for the transitioning time of the year. I feel like it's just me, but Spring is alway such an interesting season in the Carolinas because the temperature literally fluctuates between 20 - 30 degrees in 24 hours so I'm constantly somewhere between a dress with sandals and my chunky winter sweaters. I've also got a very exciting announcement at the end of this post so definitely stay tuned!

Statement Jacket // For this one I'm always floating between my bright rain jackets, or my hot pink C. Wonder coat I picked up last winter. I am constantly getting cold (you should see how many blankets I like on my bed during the summer time I think it drives my boyfriend insane) but can't stand pulling out my heavy coats unless it's genuinely 20 degrees and snowing outside. Something light and something bright seems to always do the trick when the temperature drops dramatically.

White Sneakers // The idea of white sneakers is absolutely terrifying unless you've never had them, they surprisingly don't get as gross as you would think. Last year I picked up a pair of white Keds and wore them 24/7 - they're super versatile. I wore them A LOT while I was at Disney, so I think this year I might look into picking up a pair of Converses before the summer starts. 

Neutral Dress // Neutral dresses are great year round, but I find myself wearing them really often during the spring/summer. This year I'm especially excited to break out this tan Piko type dress as well as a new jean dress I picked up last week, they're incredibly easy to dress up or down whether you're going for a walk in the park or out to drinks on the weekends.

Lightweight Sweater // On those fluctuating days another thing I really find myself reaching for is lightweight sweaters. I posted on a few last week (on super sale - you can see the post here) and one of the grey ones I picked up I've already worn twice in the week I've had it. It's incredibly soft and not so warm that I'm sweating like a dog once it hits 70 degrees. My trick would be to again, stock up on lighter colors and neutrals so you can match it back with about anything.

Bright Scarves // Last but not least bright scarves! I'm especially a huge fan of the Lilly Pulitzer scarves, I've got three now and I always get complimented when I wear them - they always seem to add such a pop to whatever look you're going for that day. The only thing about the Lilly options though is they definitely come at a high price tag, so I would look for them either on sale or second hand. 

Today I am also super excited to announce that my friend Seersucker Sass and I are co-hosting the Second Annual Spring Fling Linkup set to go live March 20th - the first day of spring! The theme is all things spring, and you don't have to exclusively be a blogger to participate. You can join us by using the hashtag #springflinglinkup2016

Do you have any essentials I should add to my list? Are you going to participate in the linkup? Let me know!
Best,



Friday, February 19, 2016

Stocking up on (SALE) Sweaters


Happy Friday!! First off a big thank you to everyone who has already completed my reader survey, I've really enjoyed reading through all of the responses I've received and am excited to be making some big changes here on the blog. (Yes, that means posting more than once a week I promise!!) If you haven't already taken it and would like to do so you can take it here.

Today I wanted to share my last winter type post because I don't know about you, but I am seriously ready for spring summer. The best part of the changing of the seasons though is definitely the deals, and right now there are a ton of on serious SALE sweaters just about everywhere. I went to Nordstrom last weekend and picked up a few myself, and had my eye on the Bobeau cardigans especially - I can't decide which color to go with!

Which one is your favorite? I'm just about obsessed with the material on the Sun & Shadow one, it's quickly becoming a staple. Have a great weekend y'all!
Best,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Reader Survey


Happy hump dayy y'all! Lately I have been doing a lot of soul searching regarding my blog and I'm thinking it may just be time for some serious changes. Rather than focusing on exactly where I think Pick Your Beau has room for improvement, I want to hear from you, my readers exactly what you want to see more out of on Pick Your Beau. Today I am sharing a reader survey with y'all and it would mean the world to me if you wouldn't mind taking the thirty seconds to fill it out. It's completely anonymous so don't be afraid to be brutal, I am looking for any constructive criticism regarding what you want to see. You can get to it by clicking on the image above. 

Thanks in advance for your help - have a great week y'all!
Best,

Friday, February 12, 2016

1 Dress 3 Ways // Night on the Town (&GIVEAWAY!)

Dress // Cardigan // Bag // Necklace (sold out, similar) // Booties (similar) // Watch (similar)


Happy Friday y'all! Boy am I glad this weekend is finally over, we actually have a chance of snow today and a chance of ice Monday and I am trying not to let that spoil a possible trip home for Valentine's weekend. Today I am featuring my last look in my 1 Dress 3 Ways // Valentine's day segment! This look I think is perfect for a fun night out on the town or going out for drinks. I find myself wearing this look all the time - I'm obsessed with these sassy booties and bright lip!

I'm also really excited to announce that I am actually giving away the Baublebar necklace I'm sporting in this look. When I found it I couldn't resist, I thought it would be the perfect #galentines gift for one of my lucky readers! (Plus we will be totally #twinning) You can enter on the widget below - contest will run until 9PM EST this coming Sunday night - good luck!

What are your plans for Valentine's (or #Galentines) this year? Let me know!
Best,